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Annual sounding of Taps during the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3 pm (local)



On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have died in military service to the United States. The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks all citizens, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time, to pause for a duration of one minute in silent tribute to the men and women who have honorably served in uniform and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA will again honor those military members. At 3 pm (local) on Memorial Day thousands of participants will be spread out across our nation to sound the 24 notes of our most solemn bugle call-Taps.


Buglers and trumpeters will sound the call from their front porch, on their apartment balcony, driveway, on the sidewalk, and at cemeteries and memorials to make sure this musical tribute is given to those who, as President Abraham Lincoln put it, gave the last full measure of devotion.

The idea is to find a location to perform and sound the call after observing one minute of silence. We encourage to have it videoed or photographed so we can share it on our social platforms. Last year over ten thousand participated to honor, reflect, and remember.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA is sponsored by Taps For Veterans, an organization dedicated to finding live buglers for funerals and memorial services. It was founded in 2012 by Jari Villanueva, United States Air Force Band (retired) who served as a bugler at Arlington Nation Cemetery for 23 years. You can read Jari’s bio at TapsBugler

Taps For Veterans is again partnering with Steve Hartman of CBS’s On the Road to spread the word of this annual event. CBS will run a special program on the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell and CBS Sunday Morning the weekend of Memorial Day and encourage their millions of viewers to participate.

A note from our partners at CBS News: If you have a special reason for playing on Memorial Day, please email us with a bit of info about you at We may spotlight a few players with great personal stories for a more prominent role in our national coverage. On a local level, many of our CBS affiliates across the country will want to feature players in their market on Memorial Day. If you’re interested in hearing from a CBS affiliate, send us an email with a note to that effect plus the city of your local CBS news station – and we’ll put you in touch. More to come on how to send CBS videos for broadcast!

Taps For Veterans would also like to give special thanks to
Fleet Farm Stores, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, NJ Taps, Houston Taps Buglers for Veterans, Taps Bugler, Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, and Live Taps for their support.

If you would like to partner or support us please send a note to us at

All proceeds goes to supporting Taps For Veterans and our big event in
November 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA started last year originally as a way to commemorate Memorial Day during the COVID pandemic with performers sounding Taps in their neighborhood during the National Moment of Remembrance. It gained momentum when Steve Hartman of CBS’s On the Road contacted us to promote it.

Please join us in the National Moment of Remembrance 2021. You can register at:


You can download information and the FAQ by clicking HERE

Who can participate?

Anyone who can sound Taps on a bugle, trumpet or similar instrument. We welcome players from all bugle organizations, schools, military, veterans, and community bands and orchestras.

When should I sound Taps?

Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day) at 3 pm local That means 3 pm in your time zone.

Should I record myself sounding Taps?

Yes — we plan to upload videos to our YouTube Channel “Taps For Veterans Events Taps Across America” CBS plans to show some of your videos on “CBS Evening News”

How do I sound Taps?

Find the sheet music here.

Please note the rhythm of Taps. Let’s strive to play it correctly. Follow guidelines at:

Where should I play?

Your front yard, porch, balcony, driveway, etc. Feel free to alert your neighbors so they can come listen. You can also sound Taps at a military memorial or in a cemetery. Try to position yourself near a flag or by a memorial.

What should I use to record a video of myself?

Any phone with a video camera works — you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just place your phone somewhere stable, or have someone with steady hands hold it in one place. Hold the phone horizontally, not vertically, so your video is wider than it is tall. Record the whole performance. If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too! Photos are welcome too!

What should I do if I hear Taps?

If you hear Taps being sounded, you should respond as you do for the national anthem: Stand, face the music and place your hand over your heart. Military veterans may render a hand salute.

How do I share my video across social media?

Tag us in your video on social media with the hashtags #CBSTaps #TapsAcrossAmerica #TapsForVeterans #TapsBugler #Taps #NationalMomentofRemembrance

We will post information how to upload videos to CBS and Taps Across America

LINKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS (Link to CBS News) (Register to sound Taps on Memorial day) (Information and FAQ) (Sign up to sound Taps at military funerals) (FB page) (FB group)

www.FaceBook/TapsForVeterans (FB page) (FB group)

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring or partnering with Taps Across America please email is at


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